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I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific.
-- Lily Tomlin


Saturday, February 17, 2001

Without a doubt

If you’re to succeed at any endeavor, the first and most important person you must convince is yourself. Success comes not from merely a belief that you can do it. Success comes when you absolutely know you can achieve it.

How do you know you can achieve something new before you actually do it? You usually don’t. That level of certainty is something which is built along the way. You do know, however, that you can take the first step. So that is the place to begin.

Every small success builds more confidence -- confidence and assurance which will carry you to the next step. Every step you complete not only brings you closer to the goal, but also deepens your certainty in your ability to get there. Every step you complete gives you the solid conviction that you can succeed at the next step.

Following this process, by the time you’re ready to take the final step you know without a doubt that you can do it. Confidence and accomplishment build on each other. By taking the first step, the most important thing you do is that you begin to convince yourself. As you continue, your confidence grows. Continue to build on each small success and there’s no limit to what you can accomplish.

— Ralph Marston

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